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Connacht have injury concerns with late withdrawals of Ronan Loughney and Quinn Roux

Following the 13 - 10 defeat to Ulster in Belfast last Friday night, Connacht have injury concerns around late withdrawals Ronan Loughney and Quinn Roux.

Galway man Loughney, who aggravated his back in training last week, remains a doubt for the sold-out New Year's Day clash with Munster at the Sportsground.

Second row Roux is on track for a return after symptoms from the ankle injury sustained in the Friday night warm-up improved.

The province's most capped player Michael Swift has been entered in to the return-to-play programme for a concussion he suffered during last week's training session. It is expected that the second row veteran will be out of action for two to three weeks.

Scrum half Ian Porter is also facing a similar spell on the sidelines as he continues rehab on a mid-foot sprain.

Meanwhile, back row forward Eoin McKeon, who missed the last round due to a knee sprain, returned to full training yesterday and is available for selection this week.

centurion Fionn Carr, who completed the return-to-play protocols for concussion, resumed full training this week and is now available to the coaching staff.

Mick Kearney (ankle) and Tiernan O'Halloran (knee) both commenced running on Monday but the duo are several weeks away from any match action.


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